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Old 01-27-2010, 02:40 PM   #1
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Dumb A$$ Idea?

I have a nice dent in a metal dirt bike tank. Someone I know has suggested filling it with water and putting it in the freezer which will cause the water to expand and voila, dent pops out. I am rather skeptical about this idea, but if it works that would be cool. I'm sure a little bondo work may be neccesary, and it seems this would work better on a plastic tank. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:47 PM   #2
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If the dent isn't creased at the corners, there are lots of ways to get it out.

I wouldn't do the whole water idea. Air pressure would probably work better if the dent is mild.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:52 PM   #3
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I'd say the water would expand in the direction of least resistance when it froze.......like out the filler neck. But I could be wrong.
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Thats what I was thinkin, and then it could distort the neck or screw up where the cap screws on. I'm thinkin hammer it out and bondo and go from there
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Just do it, and post pics of the ensuing carnage.
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try getting to it from the inside of the tank, through the filler neck. you could use anything from a piece of broomstick to a long socket extension, etc. if you get creative, you could probably make it look pretty good without all the bondo/paint!
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Do not do the water thing... ever wanted a nice frosty beer, put it in the freezer and forgot about it...?? its never just the top that is jacked up the bottom is usually bulged out too... Bondo won't work unless you drill holes for it to adhere to and seeing as you are working with a gas tank that ins't such a good idea. As for how to fix it... Sorry I don' thave anything for you...

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Do not do the water thing... ever wanted a nice frosty beer, put it in the freezer and forgot about it...?? its never just the top that is jacked up the bottom is usually bulged out too... Bondo won't work unless you drill holes for it to adhere to and seeing as you are working with a gas tank that ins't such a good idea. As for how to fix it... Sorry I don' thave anything for you...

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I've never had any problems getting bondo to adhere without drilling holes. I never even thought of the idea (granted it seems like a good one).
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Use water but to avoid making the tank round like the earth, put only like 80% of volume in water and then seal perfectly, freeze it and see, if it doesn't pop all the way, add more water. It will take days, but at least you kknow the tank won't get skrewed.
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that seems like it may work a little better then just fillin it up and puttin it in there
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Do it!!!! I always wanted to see the bike with an extra wide tank!!! Maybe it will fly too!!
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i could always cut the top off and turn it into a cooler if it blows the neck up
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it will work, or either get a heat gun and heat the dent up and then slap a small brick of dry ice on it to pop it back out.
I repair tanks all the time w/ jb weld original formula, it sands beautifully and then I can do the powder color of choice and the jb weld is happy with the oven.
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Scooter Trash has the right idea.
If you do the freezer trick, the tank may come out with busted seams and shaped in some unattractive, abstract way... unless that's what you're going for.
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I know a few ways but post a pic of the dent... id like to see what your working with,.
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